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Iowa 4-Her’s Aim Their Best in National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational

Note to media editors: Iowa 4-H’ers have shooting sports exhibits on display in the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair. Safety and Education in Shooting Sports is the fastest growing project area in the Iowa 4-H program.


GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- The 2008 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational brought personal bests for many of the 19 youth who represented Iowa in this weeklong competition earlier this summer.

The youth competed in a variety of events within their respective disciplines of small bore rifle, air rifle, compound archery, muzzleloader, shotgun and wildlife/hunting skills, said Bryan Whaley, an Iowa State University Extension 4-H youth field specialist and project coordinator for the Iowa 4-H Safety and Education in Shooting Sports program.

“These young people qualified for this national event by competing against other senior members within the Iowa 4-H shooting sports program in a statewide event held at Big Springs Range near Montezuma, Iowa,” Whaley said.

As the fastest growing project area in the Iowa 4-H program, Safety and Education in Shooting Sports has enrolled more than 1,200 4-H members and 400 certified instructors over the past five years.  A number of Iowa 4-H’ers have shooting sports exhibits on display in the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair.

More than 1,200 4-H’ers from 33 states participated in the June national invitational run by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and 4-H shooting sports volunteers.

“The Iowa youth did a terrific job throughout the week, competing against some of the best shooters across the United States. We are extremely proud of their efforts and the efforts of the coaches who spent time working with them prior to this event,” Whaley said.

“4-H shooting sports offers more than an opportunity to improve your skills as a safe shooter,” he added. “I would encourage you to look at the creative ideas and unique exhibits many of these members will have on display in the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair.”

The Iowa 4-H Shooting Sports National Invitational Team is sponsored by the Iowa-based company Brownells Inc.  Brownells is the world’s largest supplier of firearm accessories and gunsmithing tools. 

“We greatly appreciate all the support Brownells, the Brownells family and many others within their company have given the 4-H shooting sports program. The support they have shown over the past two years has allowed us to really grow this project area throughout the state,” Whaley said.

For a complete list of results, see the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational Web site, http://shootingsports.unl.edu. To learn more about the Iowa shooting sports program, see www.extension.iastate.edu/4H/SESS/shootingsports.html.

Iowa Participants in the 2008 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational

Air rifle: Tyler Laubenthal, Kossuth County; Greg Lester, Story County; Kris Laubenthal, coach, Kossuth County

Small bore rifle: Brandee Cooper, Worth County; Marcus Samson, Jasper County; Mark Samson, coach, Jasper County

Compound archery: Cody Buscher, Kossuth County; Andrea Henchel, Poweshiek County; Zach McCarthy, Montgomery County; Joe Ogden, Story County; Margi Constantino, coach, Poweshiek County

Shotgun: Nick Arthur, Poweshiek County; Adam King, Worth County; David King, Plymouth County; Brett Lage, Grundy County; Dean Mueller, coach, Worth County

Muzzleloader: Aaron Hill, Kossuth County; Isaac Hill, Kossuth County; Ryan Mueller, Worth County; Peyton Strupp, Keokuk County; Eric Hill, coach, Kossuth County

Wildlife/hunting skills: Devin Abel, Jasper County; Dustin Keninger, Jasper County; Levi Smith, Jasper County; Al Keninger, coach, Jasper County

Iowa Results

Muzzleloader: Ryan Mueller, sixth place, bulls eyes

Air rifle: Tyler Laubenthal, ninth place, silhouettes

Compound archery: Cody Buscher, tenth place, 3-D targets

Shotgun: third place team overall in trap shooting; Nick Arthur, second place, trap shooting; David King, third place, trap shooting

Wildlife/hunting skills: second place team overall, hunting and decision making skills; Devin Abel, tenth place, decision making and seventh place, map skills; Dustin Keninger, sixth place, decision making, ninth place, map skills and tenth place overall for all events


Contacts :

Bryan Whaley, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development, (515) 332-2201, bwhaley@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu